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Grégoire Maret Quartet closes out Austin Peay State University’s 53rd Annual Midsouth Jazz Festival

 

The Clarksville Community Concert AssociationAPSU LogoClarksville, TN – The Clarksville Community Concert Association in conjunction with Austin Peay State University brought the Grégoire Maret Quartet to the Midsouth Jazz Festival on Saturday evening. The Midsouth jazz Festival closes out Clarksville Community Concert Association’s Community Concert Series each year.

The Grégoire Maret performance at the Midsouth Jazz Festival like all great jazz, seemed to be either a love it or hate it experience; with a sampling of audience members going each way. But as they say it takes different strokes for different folks.

The Grégoire Maret Quartet performing at Austin Peay State University

The Grégoire Maret Quartet performing at Austin Peay State University

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Clarksville Community Concert Association holds final concert of the year

 

The Clarksville Community Concert AssociationClarksville, TN – The Clarksville Community Concert Association presented a performance by the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet in the George & Sharon Mabry Concert Hall at Austin Peay State University on Friday.

The concert mixed music of both African and European origins to deliver a performance that kept the audience enthralled.

The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

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The Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Chorus holds first Concert in the newly dedicated George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall

 

Austin Peay State UniversityThe Clarksville Community Concert AssociationClarksville, TN – The Clarksville Community Concert Association as part of their Community Concert Series in partnership with Austin Peay State University brought the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Nashville Symphony Chorus to Clarksville to play the first concert in the soon to be re-dedicated concert Hall.

After the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Chorus opened with George Mabry’s newest composition “If Music Be the Food of Love,” a small ceremony was held to rededicate the Austin Peay State University Music/Mass communication building concert hall in honor of Dr. George Mabry and his wife Sharon Mabry. The Mabry’s have been members of the faculty at university since the 1970s and have made their mark on both the university and the community.

The Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Nashville Symphony Chorus on stage in the George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall on Austin Peay State University

The Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Nashville Symphony Chorus on stage in the George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall on Austin Peay State University

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Listening to the Claremont Trio Is Pure Joy

 

The Clarksville Community Concert AssociationClarksville, TN – Musicians say that when people play or sing especially well together that they “have lived together.” In the case of two-thirds of the Claremont Trio, this is especially true since Emily Bruskin, who plays the violin, and Julia Bruskin, who plays the cello, are twins. Emily and Julia’s best friend, Donna Kwong, and they formed the Claremont Trio in 1999 at The Juilliard School.

These marvelous performers recently appeared at Austin Peay State University during the October 14th presentation by the Clarksville Community Concert Association as a part of their Community Concert Series. In addition to performing at the concert, the musicians gave a series of master classes to music students at Austin Peay State University.

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The Clarksville Community Concert Association is proud to announce the final concert of the season

 

The Clarksville Community Concert AssociationClarksville, TN – In honor of the The Mid-South Jazz Festival’s 50th Anniversary, the Clarksville Community Concert Association is proud to be working with Austin Peay State University in bringing in world-renown jazz guitarist and singer  John Pizzarelli and his Swing Seven for a Concert at Austin Peay State University.  This concert will close out the Clarksville Community Concert Association’s 2010-11 Community Concert Series.

Don’t miss this  one night only concert on Friday, April 8th at 7:30 pm in the Concert Hall (Music/Mass Communication Building) at Austin Peay State University.  You can buy your tickets online, Adult admission is $25.00, Youths  18 and younger or non-APSU student with school ID are $12.00, and APSU students with valid ID are admitted for free.

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The Fisk Jubilee Singers to perform their first concert in Clarksville TN

 

The logo of the Clarksville Community Concert AssociationClarksville, TN – The Fisk Jubilee Singers will be performing as part of the Clarksville Community Concert Association’s Community Concert Series on Saturday January 29th at 7:30pm.

This concert will be the Fisk Jubilee Singers first performance in Clarksville, TN during their 140 year history.The historic group has been touring the world since 1871 singing slave songs (what is now known as Negro spirituals). They have consistently broken racial barriers in the United states and Europe.

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Supporting the arts in our city

 

A comment made by someone at Thursday’s art walk struck me as really quite insightful, they pointed out just how much the arts community in Clarksville, TN has grown.

Indeed with events like the First Thursday Art Walk, the Customs House Museum, the D.A.C. Gallery, the new APSU Downtown Gallery, Jammin’ in the Alley, Beachaven’s Jazz on the Lawn, Silke’s Old World Bread’s Evening with the Artist, the professional performances conducted by the Roxy Regional Theatre, the Community Concert Association’s Concert Series, Rivers & Spires, Riverfest, and the many events sponsored by the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, they have a point!

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Gabriela Montero playing in Clarksville Thursday at APSU

 

cccaOn a frigid Tuesday morning last January, Gabriela Montero sat down at a Steinway to give a brief, outdoor performance. Joining her on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., were musical luminaries such as Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman and Anthony McGill.

It was bitterly cold outside, as millions of people watched the trembling masters perform John William’s score “Air and Simple Gifts.” A few minutes after the applause abated that sunny day, Barack Obama formally took the oath of office as president of the United States.

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Bravo and Brava for Paris Between the Wars 1918-1939 at APSU

 

Austin Peay State University LogoWhen you think about Paris, you can’t help but to think of the arts. In addition to the wonderful paintings from that period, Paris was also the center of what amounts to a perfect storm in music. The rise of Jazz in America had reached Paris with the influx of Americans musicians, after the end of the first World War. That was what was showcased during the Dimension’s New Music Series a free concert hosted by the Austin Peay Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts. The evenings program delved into the wonderful music that came out of the city of Paris Between the Wars: 1918-1939.

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Patricia Halbeck playing the Noble and Sentimental Waltzes by Maurice Ravel

The first set featured Maurice Ravel’s Noble and Sentimental Waltzes, which were a look back at a France that could no longer exist after that city passed through the maelstrom of the first world war.

Patricia Halbeck takes her seat and The piano starts to play a series of almost harsh and somewhat discordant notes with an upbeat refrain hinting at that innocence that was lost never to be found again.

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Stanley Yates playing the Twelve Études for Guitar by Heitor Villa-Lobos

She was followed by Stanley Yates who played a selection from Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, his Twelve Études for Guitar which was written in 1928. In his playing You could hear the intertwining of European and Latin sounds and rhythms.

“To some degree, his guitar works also pay homage to Chopin, whose piano etudes were clearly the model for Villa-Lobos’s Estudos for Guitar. These are true concert Études for the guitar and, like the Chopin works, are meant for the stage; they are not limited to the status of mere pedagogical tools. Villa-Lobos’s Estudos also represent an attempt, consciously or subconsciously, to legitimatize the guitar as a concert instrument and raise it to the level of the piano…”

Choro: a social history by Tamara Elena Livingston-Isenhour and Thomas George Caracas Garcia

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The Todd Hill Orchestra raises the roof at Austin Peay State University

 

cccaThe 2009-10 Community Concert Series kicked off last night with the smooth stylings of the Todd Hill Orchestra. The group’s repertoire features an amazing selection of Swing and Jazz, including numbers from Bennie Goodman, Count Baise, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Frank Foster, George Gershwin, Glenn Miller, and many more.

The Todd Hill Orchestra has been entertaining for twenty-four years. The Orchestra has been featured at a number of venues, ranging from Mississippi Casinos to upscale Concert Halls. The vast majority of the musicians in the Orchestra have been members for more than fifteen years, eight members have served over twenty years.

The Todd Hill Orchestra

The Todd Hill Orchestra

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